Little Italy Pizza & Pints in Five Points plans to relocate and rebrand

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Robin and Jay Veal, owners of Little Italy Pizza and Pints (Thomas B. Diasio)

Little Italy, the popular music and pizza joint in Five Points South is planning to relocate and rebrand.

According to Jay Veal, the owner, Little Italy’s last night in Five Points will be Saturday, April 15th. They are presently looking for a new space.

New Name — Litty’s

When they do find a new location in Birmingham, Veal told Bham Now, he intends to rebrand Little Italy by changing their name to “Litty’s.”

“Litty’s is the nickname our regulars came up with.”

Aside from the name, not much will change food-wise. They will start to market the sauce Veal created which can be used on wings and salads. Special burgers and an Italian hot dog will likely be added to the menu.  

The most important element the new Litty’s will continue is its commitment to Birmingham’s music scene 

Cornerstone of the Birmingham’s Music Scene

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Little Italy’s music stage (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

“We’ve been blessed with the music scene here,” Veal said. “The musicians really like working with Robin (Jay’s wife). We started featuring musicians one night a week — then  two nights a week. For the last three plus years we’ve had music seven nights a week. Musicians tell us we are the cornerstone of the Birmingham music scene. They all hang out here. Different people have learned to play together in our location…we are a pretty tight family.”

Zach Austin from the local band Stepdads echoed that sentiment. 

“Robin and Jay gave all of us an opportunity to have somewhere to play immediately and immediately became like a home base for pretty much all Birmingham musicians and even touring musicians when they come to play in Birmingham. They want to come here and see what’s happening. They built something that I don’t think you can find anywhere else in Birmingham as far as the music community is concerned.”

Leaving Five Points

Veal said he will miss Five Points, the community and special events such as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade festivities. 

“We’re kind of a family, the whole community — we all take care of each other,”  he added.

Next Steps

Watch this space for future announcements about Litty’s —formerly Little Italy Pizza and Pints. Veal assured us they are moving quickly to find a new space in The Magic City.

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Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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